B's Book Swap - 'Looking for Alaska'

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

I really did come up trumps in B's book swap. Krystal lent me John Green's 'Looking for Alaska'. I love my books and spend way too much of my time reading, so I was one very happy bunny that I'd been sent something I hadn't read - or heard of - before.

I was a little bit dubious after reading the back of the book. It's set in "Culver Creek Boarding School". I'm in my early 30s. I thought I'd had my fill of books set in schools but as tends to happen, I was way too quick to judge.

It was a brilliant read from start to finish. It's not often that a book hooks me in like that. Without wanting to give away too much of a book, I fell for our hero "Pudge" immediately, with his encyclopedic knowledge of famous last words and his bravery in shrugging off the known to go in search of "The Great Perhaps". The people he encounters at Culver Creek aren't your run of the mill teenage stereotypes, they are intriguingly mysterious and the dynamics of their friendship are quite beautifully portrayed.

I thoroughly recommend it - thank you Krystal for the great loan - and thank you B for coming up with the Book Swap!


  1. i am so glad you enjoyed it :) x.

  2. I'm glad you liked it too!! You did such a great review of it, made me miss the characters =) I almost didn't read it also because of the age group - but yeah, something made me want to and I'm glad I did :) I'm about 1/3 of the way through yours and am just adoring it. Like...I already know I'm going to be sad when it ends!

  3. I have been looking for a good read and this sounds like a winner. Thank you for a great review.

  4. This sounds good -- I'm happy that you're happy with the book! Pudge and his "Great Perhaps" -- I'm intrigued already... :)

  5. ok, so i'm nearing the end of the book you sent...so he's living in france and hanging with mme depetit...but...I CAN'T GO ON! i know the book has to end at some point and when it does i'm going to feel like i lost a family member!